One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1another term for papaya
- ‘Ugandans grow some fruits, such as oranges, papaws, lemons, and pineapple, and these often serve as between-meal snacks.’
- ‘If pawpaw is too highly priced people tend to go for something similar like rock melon which is much cheaper.’
- ‘Fruits like oranges, guavas, pawpaws and others will be grown.’
- ‘My wife chose the exotic fruit platter with star fruit, pawpaw, mango, orange, melon, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and kiwis.’
- ‘As well as that, pawpaws have been commercially planted on Rarotonga for over 30 years.’
2A North American tree of the custard apple family, with purple flowers and edible oblong yellow fruit with sweet pulp.
Asimina triloba, family Annonaceae
- ‘In a nearby field his tomb is a threshing floor bordered by pawpaw trees, sugar cane, sweet potato runners.’
- ‘Here, they were tied up to some pawpaw trees and shot to death.’
- ‘The abundance of pawpaw trees, whose fruit tastes like banana custard, amplifies the tropical effect.’
- ‘Endangered species of pawpaw trees in Florida, for example, grow what botanists call recalcitrant seeds, which don't survive drying and freezing in seed banks.’
- ‘So far they have planted lettuce, cabbage, mustard, beetroot and pawpaw trees.’
- 2.1 The fruit of the pawpaw tree.
- ‘The true pawpaw, also known as a prairie banana (not to be confused with the tummy banana), is a fruit native to North America.’
- ‘All I remember being fed there is lychees and monkey-bananas, and cool slices of pawpaw.’
Early 17th century: from Spanish and Portuguese papaya, of Carib origin. The change in spelling is unexplained.
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